Love your enemies.
Simple. Direct. Crazy. But, why should I? How could I?
In theory, it’s already hard to postulate. In practice, what more? The world sees this as the craziest idea – a world that demands justice, revenge, vengeance sugar-coated into something we sometimes use as ‘I’m just teaching him a lesson’ or ‘He deserves it’. Oh, how kind of us, teaching lessons, giving deserving presents! And the world who loves gossips and dramas would be against a person who quietly accepts persecution and forgives – corny, boring, stupid.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:38 – 42
Personally, I struggle with this command. It’s just too hard to comprehend and it goes against lessons the society has taught me growing up. I look at a society that demands Continue reading
Truly, God, in His Mercy, takes care and provides for His flock. For me to be able to join the recent World Youth Day in Krakow is a miracle in itself. He has converted the ‘yes’ into a possibility. I had my reservations going into this trip – with all the chaos going on in most parts of Europe, then as we were nearing our departure via Turkish Airlines, there was bombing in the airport followed by a failed coup less than a week before we leave. The trials never stopped there but with the loving mercy of our Lord, He has went ahead and prepared a way for us.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Litomerice, Czech Republic.
Everything that comes into our lives is a moment of encounter with God.
From the homily by Fr. Bert during the Eucharistic celebration last July 25, 2016 at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Litomerice, Czech Republic.
It’s not only in the extravagant events or in the ‘fireworks display moment of our lives’ that we encounter God but also in the little moments and sometimes, for us, trivial events that He is there, nudging us, knocking in our hearts, presenting Himself to be recognized by our soul. And it is easy to be distracted and to not see God in the midst of the noise and the activities, with the world presenting you with so much diversions, with sceneries and oh the potatoes. When we were reminded that Continue reading
People can love you to the moon and back and you’d still get disappointed with them. God loves you to the moon and beyond and He never disappoints.
Skimming the surface, most of us go through life like this. We see a man cross the street, dropped his coin, went back to pick up his coin and block an incoming car. What a stupid man! On the surface, he values the coin more than his life. How easy it is for us to draw conclusions and pass on judgments on events and people just because of what we see. Going deeper is too complicated, too much effort and such a waste of time. To ask “maybe”, to consider for a split second and to ponder about this man’s life – too much! Yet, this man has a story, his coin has a story, his crossing the street has a story – or maybe, it’s simply just that, he just wanted to cross the street, dropped the coin and decided he loves the coin more than his life – stupid man. Or what about the driver of the incoming car? The hustle and bustle of life, the busy-ness that we have plunged ourselves into, has made us skim surfaces and move on without taking a second look, without having second thoughts. Like the wind passing through a tree, blowing the leaves off their branches without looking back, leaving the tree and leaves with their own stories.
Stop and smell the flowers. Slow down and appreciate life. Skimming the surface makes you miss out on the beauty of an ice cream cake stuffed with your favorite fruits and flavors. It doesn’t hurt to go deeper, to look beyond – there’s always so much more than what meets the eye.
Be quick to consider and slow to judge.
When you say YOLO, I hope you realize that YODO, too. You only live once, you only die once. I hope you reflect on that before you do reckless stuff. I hope you understand that time wasted, money spent and words spoken can never be taken back, and that the injuries you have caused yourself and other people may heal but scars don’t go away. I hope you see that for every action there is a reaction that reverts back to you – some call it karma, I’d like to think they’re consequences for our actions or failure to act, all the same. YOLO and YODO must not paralyze us or lead us to be reckless, it must make us prudent and discerning and make us see the things that truly matter in our lives: time – spend them well; people – love them well; things – use them well; talent – share them and bear fruits that will last; and life – we only have one with this body, let us live it well so as to earn the eternal one. Cos you know, there is a YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER (YoCaLiFo). It’s never too late to begin investing on eternity now.
So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.
And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment, Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.
For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.
Things I look forward to this month:
- The Starbucks 2015 Planner – nothing WOW but … a chalk pen?! I waaaant!
- The November BDJ Box. This preview looks kinda familiar… Will I benefit from this? 😉
- The ECHO! 😀 Of course! Anything that can take me away from my crosses! Ha ha ha! Seriously, looking forward to a wonderful time with the Lord and hoping that our hearts (every single one present on that weekend) will be opened by God and that His Word will penetrate each one of us.
- Bonifacio Day Sale! I was at first looking forward to this weekend’s sale but then again, I checked my budget and I have to tighten my belt and “not grieve the Holy Spirit” so even when everything’s on sale this weekend – I have to fight the temptation.
Things I look forward to this December:
- Tim Ho Wan North Edsa opening on December 15!
- CHRISTMAS! 😀 Well, the Spirit of Christmas in people I meet – it’s just magical how when it’s Christmas, people are kinder, more considerate and more cheerful. I look forward to that.
- Wrapping presents – I do miss doing crafts, it’s been a while. I have stuff to work on for now so … December, I will be back on those stamps, papers and scissors! 🙂
- Holiday meals/get together – always a lover of good food and good company.
How about you? What are you looking forward to? 🙂 It’s nice to have things/events to look forward to – makes one grounded and motivated. Always remember, hope is good fuel for the soul. False hope, on the other hand, is bad for the spiritual health. Keep in touch with God and He will send you the TRUE HOPE that we need. 😀
I know I’ve been kinda MIA in my blog, there are stuff I had to attend to for the past few days but I look forward to filling this space with my thoughts soon! For now, here’s something for everyone to read, reflect on and enjoy! (:
Trusting God often requires not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it. We often say God is never late, but generally He isn’t early either. Why? Because He uses times of waiting to stretch our faith in Him and to bring about change and growth in our lives.
“Due time” is God’s time, when God knows we’re ready, not when we think we’re ready. The sooner we understand and accept that, the sooner God can work His plan in our lives.
I witnessed God this morning, along a major road in the metro. A guy helped an old man cross the big street. The old man has his one foot wrapped in cloths and a plastic. After crossing, the guy sat the old man by the bus stop then proceeded to get something from his backpack. He produced the crackers he had inside and gave it to the old man before going along his way.
It made my day, to see an angel, to witness Jesus in the metro, in the rush of cars and commuters, this scene was highlighted to me.
And I realize, we all feel pity. It’s our emotional response to situations we encounter wherein we find ourselves better off than the other. Pity, for me, is just that – an emotional response and often we leave it at that. It is LOVE that drives pity to do something other than feel sorry. It is Love that gives the push to act, to do something about it.
Thank You for this revelation. ❤️
When I started to love writing, I really couldn’t say. But I started enjoying reading by the time I learned how to read. However, it doesn’t always follow that people who love to read also love to write. Sometimes they just don’t or sometimes they won’t.
Whenever I write, it’s like an unconscious thing, a dream, though I’m awake. I’m taken into this different world where I can feel other things and see how beautiful things are then the words just attach themselves to each other and form statements and they make sense (well sometimes they don’t but still… you get the point.)
Why do I write? Most of the time, I write for myself, unless required by someone else to. There is clarity when I see my thoughts right in front of me. Aside from seeing my wrong grammars, it shows me when my thoughts are flawed, when they’re geniuses and when they are nonsense, and I love them all. I’m not perfect but I will never use that as an excuse to write irresponsibly, but then I understand when there will be times that I may write irresponsibly out of emotions and I have to forgive myself. Because, I am writing for myself – to release my thoughts, to understand myself better, to explore my imagination, to express my emotions, to share my blessings – and if other people see something in the stuff I write, I know then that the thread in the universe’s web is still intact and we are still connected and bound to each other by our thoughts, our emotions and our situations, even in a little fraction of each. (:
Sunday is family day for us. And family day means – food. We are bound not only by blood but by food! 😀
This Sunday, we went to this famous Hainanese chicken place my dad loves. We’ve tried others but he will always say that this is still the best he’s had here – WEE NAM KEE. It’s a well-known dining place in Singapore that was brought to the Philippines.
Before the food, I must mention this – I’m loving their wallpaper. ♥
Now, for the food. 😉 We’ve eaten at other Hainanese chicken restaurants but I can say Wee Nam Kee is the best so far. (: They also offer other lovely dishes that will delight your taste buds and a twist to a dessert we all love! (see gallery below) 😉 I couldn’t say much, my tummy cannot turn them into words. It’s one happy tummy that day. 😀
A happy tummy, a happy family! ((:
I posted not long ago about my thoughts on how a simple downpour can paralyze the metro.
Last Friday, I was one of the unlucky, or maybe just one of the blessed, ones who were caught in the frenzy of a downpour and flooding. I left work hoping against all hope that even with the flashes of lightning and thunder I can make it to my sister’s workplace and then home. There was no rain, just lightning and thunder. I guess I cannot completely escape the week without really getting showered on. Downpour is okay, I like rain… but flooding and getting stranded, ugh!!!
There were 3 blessings that night that I am very grateful for.
Before you conclude, before you even think about walking away or convincing yourself of your assumptions – ASK!
How can you know, when you never asked? How can you be certain, when you never inquired? How can you conclude with only assumptions? Maybe it’s time to stop being ASSuming and ASK! 😛
Okay, this post was really intended to just be my thoughts about the many misunderstandings that we encounter. However,
A good read and a good breakfast in the morning is ❤️. A relaxed mind and a satisfied tummy makes me happy. No rush.
Breakfast and Book, makes sense to me. 😉
How about you? What makes you happy? (:
Tonight, there’s standstill in the metro. This is the life of every Filipinos in the metro. When it rains, it pours. And when it pours in Metro Manila, we roll our eyes, take a deep breath, hope against all hope that we can make it to wherever we wanna go with our sanity intact. It doesn’t matter whether you drive, you take the bus, or the jeepneys, we’re all on the same boat – sometimes literally we wish we’re on a boat instead so we can cross the flooded streets! Maybe those who take the train have it better Continue reading
When people tell me to put God second… I don’t understand. It doesn’t make me mad, it makes me sad. What can be more important than our time with God? It’s not even a tenth of the time we give to the world! He doesn’t even force us or require us or pay us to spend time with Him yet He showered us with so much than we deserve even with the very little attention we give Him.
It’s always better to see that we are undeserving and yet loved and getting what we do not deserve than to feel we are worthy and oblige the world to do our will, step on people somewhere in the process and see that we are truly undeserving. The effects on both situations, I’ll always go for gratitude over disappointment.
How do you tell which one should be on top of your priority list? I am seriously asking, just, how do you decide? What considerations do you make to know which one should be first?
I always go for my gut feel or indulge myself to what I want, which I know isn’t the best thing to do, cos often, what I want isn’t what I need to do. I want to sleep but I need to finish a work, for example… what I’d do – I’d sleep! ((: I’m sure I’ll get enough time for work, I do not have enough time for sleep. My reasoning!
It took me quite a while to learn to ask the right questions and to weigh stuff so I can prioritise well. Not rightly or correctly because there isn’t a right or correct way, in my opinion, on how priorities should be set. We are a diverse set of people, we have different needs, different wants, different sets of thinking. But whenever I am really caught in a dilemma and the Continue reading
Me thinks writing is the best profession out there. Let me count the ways.
You get to manage your own time, express yourself, let your imagination roam wild and free, learn new things so you can write or incorporate them to what you’re writing, and you’re not limited or boxed to just one profession, or even confined in one workplace. You can go wherever you want to be and write – you can be a teacher now while writing by the school park then a mom next week while writing by the cafe outside a grocery store then a little girl building sand castles while writing by the beach the next month and so on. Oh, the endless possibilities! You have the opportunity to influence people, connect with them, inform them, inspire them and encourage them. And there are no age restrictions, no medical exams, as long as you have the words, the imagination, the inspiration and the resources to write. – a pen and paper at its minimum.
Okay, maybe it being a profession will involve a certain pressure to submit and meet deadlines but every person who loves to write knows that when the inspiration hits you – you can be up 24 hours and writing and not feel stressed out, tired of course because your body needs rest but your mind, that mind is jumping around bursting with energy! And when you see your finished product – like a proud parent holding his child – that certain joy!
No, I’m not a professional writer, not yet. Writing is my hobby. 🙂 And that doubles the joy! 😀 No pressure, my pleasure. 😉
How about you – what’s your ‘no pressure, my pleasure’ story? 😉 Do share.
So I decided to start it steady with a cup of oatmeal, green tea latte and a book. The day went a little toxic but manageable. However, the drive home was insane! Almost 2 hours on the road, hungry, and I had to hold my pee for an hour because I’m stuck in the middle of a pool of vehicles. Oh Manila, you’re so predictable yet I always fail to prepare for you! >_< How bad is the traffic? Real bad that I had totally forgotten about my excitement in getting my first BDJ Box! So it was much to my delight to find it sitting on our bedroom’s table waiting to be opened!
My First-Ever BDJ Beauty Box
For my first, I am pretty pleased with what’s inside. Really pleased!!! =D Will post about them soon… For now, I need to work on my Abraham post, it’s long overdue. (: